Food truck season is in full force. With the weather finally being more cooperative outside of the constant rain, it made sense to make a food truck stop. We decided to make our way out to Wichita’s newest food truck: LumpiaPalooza.
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LumpiaPalooza is a truck owned by Parsnipity Cafe which we have yet to review.
This new food truck just started this past week. They specialize in Lumpia. What is Lumpia you ask?
According to my friend Wikipedia, Lumpia is a spring roll of Chinese origin commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines. It is a savoury snack made of thin crepe pastry skin called “lumpia wrapper” enveloping a mixture of savoury fillings, consists of chopped vegetables (carrots, cabbages, green beans, bamboo shoots and leeks) or sometimes also minced meat (chicken, shrimp, pork or beef). It is often served as an appetizer or snack, and might be served deep fried or fresh (unfried). Lumpia is quite similar to fresh popiah or fried spring rolls popular in Southeast Asia.
If I were explaining them to people, I would call them either a fried spring roll or something similar to a taquito.
The Lumpi as LumpiaPalooza is made with all sorts of different sweet and savory fillings. When I stopped by they had fourteen different kinds. Take a look:
They had ones with jalepeno poppers, fried mozarella, tacos, pepperoni, roast beef and then dessert options with brownies, Nutella, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and more. At $2 a piece, I did what any food blogger would do. I ordered every single one of them. Ordering 14 Lumpia (or is it Lumpias?) made complete sense in my mind.
If you order ten or more Lumpia, you get to sign their truck too. Wichita By E.B.’s signature is now there for your viewing pleasure.
It took me about 10-15 minutes to get my order with a call-in. They told me ahead of time they were going to put all the savory Lumpia together and the sweet ones separate. I was ok with putting them all together. They usually baggie them up individually by flavor but I didn’t need them to take the time to do that with all the customers lining up.
For those wondering, LumpiaPalooza also fries the sweet ones in a separate frier from the savory options.
Here’s a look of the inside of a Lumpia:
With fourteen different Lumpia, it was a near certainty there was going to be some that were really good and others you questioned. The favorites of the savory options included: Pepperoni Pizza, Mississippi Roast, Caribbean Veggie, Jalapeno Poppers and Pulled Pork. Having the sauces to dip the Lumpia in was a nice added touch. It really helped compliment the fried breading on the Lumpia.
The one I disliked the most was the Dill Pickle one which was a surprise to me since I love pickles.
The Sweet ones were good but I am not sure if it’s something I’d order again. I preferred the savory Lumpia much more but I’m also not much of a dessert guy so your opinion could differ greatly. For what it’s worth, my niece enjoyed the dessert Lumpia. Then again she enjoys dessert anything.
While the Lumpia can get pretty greasy, it’s something I could see that would fare really well at food truck or art events. It could even be a hit at the Wichita River Festival. At $2 a piece that would beat the hell out of some of the other overpriced foods there. Lumpia makes for an excellent complimentary appetizer or snack. I could see myself ordering a couple of them to snack on while walking around. As a full meal, they may leave you desiring a little more.